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  1.  Life on Earth



Suttee
by Karen E Peace
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Suttee
 
a not-so-distant India past
heat like a tandoori oven
visible waves over thirsty land
 
a widowed queen strides proudly
            gold bangles clinking
            a staccato to the susurrus
            of her silk finery
 
she strews flowers on a reverent crowd
chants ‘Ram, Ram! Ram, Ram!’
 
burns on her husband-king’s pyre.
 
nowadays, she would scatter his ashes
in the sacred Ganges
 
I once was like her
but have lost my rank and privilege
in the palace household
 
Today my pyre is humility.
Its flames set my jewelry a-sparkle
and the waves of heat flutter my sari
 
Burned to ash then re-risen,
what shall I become?
 
a temple dancer
or a sacred prostitute perhaps?
 
an ochre-clad renunciant?
 
or a wild-free-no-name sage woman
naked and unabashed?
 

-- March 17, 2005

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